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The Bridge of Sighs by Olen Steinhauer
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Sep 23, 11

Read in July, 2011

Steinhauer captured post World War II Eastern Europe in this gritty novel about a rookie homicide investigator with the People's Militia, in an unnamed country behind the iron curtain. What hooked me, was Steinhauer's ability to add texture like a painter using a palette knife. He introduces a character, and then paints him with words. He shows you--not tells you, in layers until you can see their day old stubble and smell the vodka on their breath. The characters are coarse, flawed, fat, and certainly human. I could smell the left over cabbage soup and see the grime on the windows. The plot wasn't unusually complex-- it didn't need to be. This was my first of Steinhauer's works. I can wait to start the next
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